Tunnel boring, refinery investigations and the impact of Japan's nuclear reactor accident are among topics that will be covered at the 60th Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference. The event takes place Sept. 28 and 29 at Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. It is sponsored by the Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries. This year's theme is "Sixty years of investing in tomorrow through safety and health today." Keynote speaker will be Dr. John Howard, director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Registration is $180 by Sept. 27 or $200 at the door. Registration for students and apprentices is $25. To register call 1 (206) 972-1961. For more information call 1 (888) 451-2004.
Here's Steve Mullen's report from the Bellarmine-Mt. Tahoma game tonight.
Riding high after their come from behind win last week at Gig Harbor, the Mount Tahoma Thunderbirds were prepared to give the Bellarmine Lions all they could handle Friday night at Mount Tahoma Stadium. And for the first 24 minutes they did, thanks to some careless mistakes by the Lions’ offense and despite the fact they had only 24 yards of offense, they trailed only 13-0 at the half.
The second half was a different story, as Isaiah Flynn would run for 232 of his 280 yards on the night to go a long with three touchdowns as the Lions would assert their dominance. The number three team in the state would improve to 4-0 overall with a convincing 41-7 win.
“We reminded the players at half time that they were in a fight and that they needed to play better,” said Bellarmine coach Tom Larsen, who also told his players that “this was an athletic team and that they are going to continue to go hard at us in the second half.” Three big plays not made by the offense were Michael Rector’s run-downs of the Thunderbirds all-everything Rondie Pate in the open field as the last line of defense. “Michael is probably the only guy in the city who could of done that,” said Larsen. Three times Mount Tahoma got inside the Lions 30-yard line, three times they were turned away.
Taking over on their own 34 after the initial second-half stop, Flynn scampered 62 yards to the T-Bird four, and the Lions would score when Sefo Liufau would find Zach Fuller for a five-yard touchdown pass to up the Lion lead to 20-0. Liufau would throw for 163 yards and two touchdowns on the night. Flynn would add 59- and 32-yard touchdowns to his totals later in the second half and the Lions would put up a total of 465 yards total offense.
“We could not get anything going all night, and we lost to a real good team,” said Mount Tahoma coach Kevin Hanis. “The hard thing in the second half was the great field position that Rondie gave us and could not do a thing all three times.”
“I can’t say enough about our defense, coach Shaw got the players to trust in the system and it’s really paid of this year, and give the offensive line a ton of credit in the second half too,” said Larsen. The blue train continues to roll.
By Steve Mullen
The Lakes Lancers' athleticism and quickness was on full display tonight in a 42-20 win over Wilson, although the focus and sharpness still might have been a bit lacking.
"We made some big plays because we're talented, but we lacked discipline and did a lot of things that were out of character for us," said Lancers head coach Dave Miller, who voiced displeasure to his team afterward.
Lakes started quickly, marching 67 yards in four plays as quarterback David Wood hit Cedric Dozier for a 29-yard touchdown to put the Lancers up 7-0 with just over a minute gone. In limited action, Wood would still put up gaudy numbers, finishing 7-for-11 for 224 yards and four touchdowns. After an interception on Wilson's first drive, Charles Hall scored from two yards out for a 14-0 lead, and Wood hit Kevin Thompson on a screen for an 81-yard touchdown on the next drive to put Lakes up 21-0 at the end of the first.
After a promising Wilson drive ended with a Moses Lewis incompletion on fourth down, Wood hit Levonte Littlejohn on a 39-yard touchdown pass, and Ma'ne Manaea later intercepted a pass and followed with a 30-yard touchdown catch from Cedric Dozier to give the Lancers a 35-0 halftime lead. Manaea added a 35-yard touchdown catch from Wood in the third quarter to put Lakes up 42-0.
"I saw what was going on with the outside linebacker and safety, took the easiest release and ran streaks up through the safeties," said Manaea, adding that the route combinations worked well against the defense. "That's hard to stop."
Wilson was resilient in putting up 20 points in the fourth quarter, as Devon Phillips got the Rams on the board with a 2-yard touchdown run to cap an 11-play, 80-yard drive. Lewis would hit Jordan Rocco for a 60-yard touchdown pass on the next drive, and Adonis Fletcher scored from 25 yards out as time expired to make it respectable. Phillips led the Rams attack, rushing for 73 yards on 14 carries and the score.
"We've played four pretty good teams in a row," said Wilson head coach Don Clegg about the beginning of the season, which includes the last three weeks against ranked teams - Bellarmine, Peninsula and Lakes. "We were glad we were able to move the ball a little bit and do some things."
The Rams will look to rebound in their first Narrows 3A match against Timberline next week, while Lakes has a huge matchup at home against surging Peninsula next Friday.
A few things for you to consider doing this weekend...
Friday, Sept. 23
Join local artists Kevin Frietas, Sharon Styer and Chip Van Gilder as they present a one-time showing of their digital slideshow entitled “Tacoma.” Stop by Madera Architectural Elements Showroomat 2210 Court A from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for the September installment of the monthly digital art showcase.
ROCK THE KITCHEN DOWN
Check out Withcburn, Mahnhaammer, Mom’s Rocket and Plaster for a special early show beginning at 6 p.m. at Hell’s Kitchen. $5 at the door gets you in.
Saturday, Sept. 24
Grab a group of girlfriends and get on board the champagne-stocked party buses on Pacific Avenue for a day of retail therapy beginning at 9 a.m. with and continental breakfast at Harmon Brewery. The $75 ticket includes a continental breakfast, lunch buffet and a wonderful swag bag with sweet deals and surprises. Proceeds will benefit the Broadway Center’s groundbreaking arts education programs. Participating venues will donate a percentage of sales to the Broadway Center. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (253) 591-5439.
PEDAL FOR THE PLANET
Join the Tacoma Wheelmen as they pedal for the right to a clean planet. They will ride along Tacoma’s planned bike boulevards and visit resources for eco-friendly living, including the Proctor Farmers Market and EnviroHouse. Make a statement by decorating your bike with images and words that demonstrate your hopes for a clean planet. Consider ways to ride without creating waste, like bringing reusable bags and eating utensils. Bring a friend and a helmet for this 25-30 mile bike ride. The course starts at the Narrows Park and Ride, located at 6th Avenue and Skyline Street at 9:30 a.m. Info: www.moving-planet.org.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is recruiting citizen scientists of all ages and abilities to help out from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during a mini-blitz. Unlike a complete Bio Blitz like the one that occurred last year, a mini-blitz is focused on surveys of specific taxa – in this case, fungi. Come out for a day of fun and search all corners of the park for its elusive and mysterious fungal residents. Info: www.metroparkstacoma.org.
Sunday, Sept. 25
Celebrate the Children’s Museum of Tacoma’s 25th birthday with free admission to a great, big birthday party at the museum all day long. Get your kiddies in on the birthday-themed arts and crafts, bubble parades and Play-Doh cake decorating from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 936 Broadway.
FREE BALLROOM DANCING
South Park Community Center offers free ballroom dancing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with live ballroom dance music provided by Randy Litch. Beginners and advanced dancers welcome! 4851 South Tacoma Way.
Tacoma teachers just ratified a new, three-year contract after more than a week of striking in response to district and teacher's union negotiations. School will resume tomorrow for Tacoma's 28,000 students who have been out of class since Sept. 23.
Bargaining parties were finally able to reach an agreement after Governor Christine Gregiore intervened yesterday afternoon, keeping both sides of the debate in her office until their differences could be reconciled.
Teachers approved the agreement during a meeting at Mount Tahoma High School this afternooon.
The new agreement keeps teachers salary and class sizes the same, and calls for a union-district committee to establish a new evaluation/displacement policy for teachers in the 2012-13 school year.